Ayanna Pressley’s Reaction To Her Historic Victory Is Everything
Ayanna Pressley’s Reaction To Her Historic Victory Is Everything
05 September, 2018, 15:39
Pressley's victory - as a younger woman of color - echoes the upset win, earlier this year in New York City, of political newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who also ousted a longtime congressional incumbent. Though in both primaries a woman of color defeated a white man who had been in Congress for decades, the MA race does not fit the narrative of a progressive political newcomer unseating an Establishment Democrat.
Pressley is poised to become the state's first black woman in Congress.
Ayanna Pressley, touted as the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, just won a MA primary.
BOSTON-In a political stunner, incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano lost Tuesday's primary to Ayanna Pressley, a Boston city councillor who is virtually assured of becoming the first black woman to serve MA in Congress. Pressley argued in her campaign that Capuano represents an old guard of politics, and it's time for a change.
The Democratic nominating contest fight between US Representative Michael Capuano, 66, and Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, 44, was his first since 1998. "These are the kind of factors that Democrats need to have over the next two months if they are going to pull off victories in some of those really competitive races". But she made her background a major part of the race, highlighting the importance of boosting diversity in the Democratic Party, talking about her own experience with sexual assault, and regularly calling for more "bold, activist leadership".
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"The Democratic base is extremely diverse and the representatives they have in Congress are not almost as diverse as the constituency", said Joshua Dyck, a professor of political science at the University of MA at Lowell. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), was an organizer for Sen.
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Capuano also had the backing of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, and Massachusetts's first African-American governor, Deval Patrick.
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